Wilson pegged as D-backs' first position player pick

Wilson pegged as D-backs' first position player pick

DENVER -- After selecting pitchers with their first two picks, the D-backs tabbed toolsy high school outfielder Marcus Wilson with their selection in the Compensation B round (No. 69 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Wilson, who doesn't turn 18 until August and is an Arizona State commit, has tremendous speed and his upside is said to be off the charts if he can harness his tools.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, Wilson has the frame that would allow him to add positive weight and strength as he gets older.

Given that he has shown the ability to make hard contact and has good bat speed, the added strength could help him to develop average Major League power at least.

The No. 69 overall pick carries a slot value of $821,000.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 9:30 a.m. MST, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.